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Archived CBeebies Bedtime Stories episodes have a digital library on BBC iPlayer

CBeebies Bedtime Stories will augment its existing catalog on BBC iPlayer in the form of a new digital library, the corporation has announced.

Over the years, the program has seen a host of famous faces read bedtime stories, including Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, Sir Elton John, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Winslet and the Princess of Wales.

A selection of episodes is already available on BBC iPlayer and a new digital library of archived episodes will become available on World Book Day on Thursday 7 March.

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Harry Styles read In Every House, On Every Street by Jess Hitchman (Amanda Searle/BBC/PA)

The news comes as CBeebies Bedtime Stories launches an initiative to provide reading corners in UK libraries in partnership with the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, BookTrust.

At the launch event, Strictly Come Dancing star Carlos Gu gave a live reading at Blackpool Central Library alongside CBeebies characters Bluey and Dodge The Dog, as well as poet Mike Garry and illustrator Ruth Hearson.

The children’s program reading corners will be launched in libraries in Leeds, Hartlepool, Sandwell, Leicester, Brent and Somerset.

Patricia Hidalgo, Director of BBC Children’s and Education, said: “CBeebies Bedtime Stories represents the mission of the BBC Children’s & Education public service to educate and entertain the youngest audiences by creating lasting memories, igniting children’s imaginations and encouraging families to read together.

“Partnering with BookTrust will bring all the magic of CBeebies Bedtime Stories to UK libraries and with every episode now available on iPlayer for the first time everyone can find their favorite stories as well as discover new ones.”

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Kate Winslet on CBeebies Bedtime Stories (Pete Dadds/BBC/PA)

Diana Gerald, chief executive of BookTrust, added: “We are delighted to be teaming up with CBeebies to explore new ways of engaging families with the free reading support offered by their local library.

“This is a key pillar of our charitable work to help more children achieve the wide-ranging benefits that come from a love of reading.”

CBeebies Bedtime Stories first aired in 2002 and has seen a number of memorable episodes broadcast since then, from Strictly winner Rose Ayling-Ellis reading the first story in British Sign Language to Tim Peake becoming the first person to read a book from space.

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